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In need of Sandwich Guidance

offthebeatenpath1 Nov 30, 2007 07:57 AM

I am looking for a great place for sandwiches that has a good range of sandwichees and not just the normal roast beef or ham and cheese, something more on the gourmet side. I really am looking for someplace that has great bread, possibly from Sullivan St. or someplace similiar and that offers whole wheat bread as an option.

Would prefer west side b/t 90th and 21st, but am open to other areas if it's great. Can be takeout or sitdown as well.


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  1. tbear RE: offthebeatenpath1 Nov 30, 2007 09:44 AM

    Lenny's definitely has variety, is efficient and fresh. I have never been a been a big fan of their bread, though; especially the club and hero sizes. They do carry the classic hard roll, but I don't think that is what you are looking for.
    Its hard to find a good sandwich in this town, unlike Westchester, where I grew up, and the delis where fantastic.

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      offthebeatenpath1 RE: tbear Nov 30, 2007 10:05 AM

      I literally get lunch from Lenny's everyday, and, honestly, I find their sandwiches to be so overrated. To me, that place is a deli, nothing else. Good for a quick lunch.

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        a_and_w RE: offthebeatenpath1 Nov 30, 2007 12:42 PM

        I agree Lenny's is not phenomenal, but I think it's better than most delis in NYC. Sandwiches are made to order, and they offer toppings (e.g., avocado) that lots of delis don't.

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      smallfrog RE: offthebeatenpath1 Nov 30, 2007 10:10 AM

      Get thee to Lamazou. It's out of your preferred location (on Lex btwn 26th & 27th), but it has a delicious array of gourmet sandwiches, and the bread is excellent. Plus, most days, a 1/2 sandwich is plenty for me, so it's cheap, especially considering the quality of ingredients.
      Takeout only--it's really a cheese shop that does sandwiches. Here are my favorites on the sandwich list:
      #1, Caprice--on ciabatta
      #2, Lamazou favorite--on ciabatta with pesto
      #8, Parisian--on baguette with Brie, dijon mustard, and lettuce
      #16, Lamoretti--on multigrain ciabatta with cornichons, ask him to put a little dijon and a little horseradish--yum!

      You can of course make up your own sandwiches too--they have a wide selection of cheeses and meats, incl. duck, pates, sausages, etc. Some of the soups are also quite good.

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        offthebeatenpath1 RE: smallfrog Nov 30, 2007 10:16 AM

        I remember reading a post about lamazou a while ago and forgot about it. The menu looks great. It's a bit far from where I am going to be, but that is certainly one to keep in mind for when I am in murray hill. That is definitely the kind of place I am shooting for.

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          smallfrog RE: offthebeatenpath1 Nov 30, 2007 10:28 AM

          Yeah, I'm lucky to have it near my office. Sorry I can't be more helpful, but I don't know your part of town all that well.
          I have not been here, but I've read about this place, which is closer to you:

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        fauchon RE: offthebeatenpath1 Nov 30, 2007 10:57 AM

        The UES has some excellent sandwich choices: Marché Madison at Madison & 74th...Payard at Lexington & 74th...Via Quadranno at Madison & 73rd...all of these offer very high quality at commensurate prices...MM is takeout only...

        1. a_and_w RE: offthebeatenpath1 Nov 30, 2007 12:47 PM

          Maybe Alidoro? It's Italian but they have a nice variety within that spectrum. Not sure about wheat, but they offer several types of top notch bread. Also Sandwich Planet, though I think they, too, focus on Italian offerings.

          1. guttergourmet RE: offthebeatenpath1 Nov 30, 2007 01:16 PM

            Salumeria Biellese, Faicco's, Despana, Alidoro, Bread, 'wichcraft and Blue Ribbon Bakery are my go to "sammy" places (damn you Rachel Ray for putting that into the vernacular).

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              Kanger RE: offthebeatenpath1 Nov 30, 2007 01:41 PM

              Don't forget Sullivan Street bakery sells its own sandwiches as well, and that qualifies for your geographic constraints! I had a tasty pancetta, basil and mango sandwich there a few months ago.

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                cricri7 RE: offthebeatenpath1 Nov 30, 2007 01:47 PM

                I love the sandwiches at Pax. They have many locations in NY. Theirs salads and soups are wonderful as well!

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                  billyboy RE: offthebeatenpath1 Nov 30, 2007 03:30 PM

                  I have to second 'wichcraft. A bit pricey, but great sandwiches. bite on Lafayette and Bleecker (takeout) and on 14th Street between 2nd and 3rd Aves (sitdown and takeout) has a great spicy Middle eastern Turkey with hummous and some wicked paninis. inoteca on Rivington in the LES has a wonderful selection of panini, bruschetta and tramezzini. Great wines too. Sorry, not very well versed with uptown options.

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                    ricky7 RE: billyboy Nov 30, 2007 08:15 PM

                    Lenny's is overrated. a large selection but overpriced and the sandwiches are quite small. had the chicken cordon blue the other day, the chicken cutlet was maybe 1/4" thick.

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                    bladerobbins RE: offthebeatenpath1 Dec 1, 2007 10:29 AM

                    Sullivan Street bakery is a good suggestion. Amy's Bread on 9th Ave also does some good sandwiches.

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                      TipsyMcStagger RE: offthebeatenpath1 Dec 1, 2007 11:52 AM

                      Alan's Marketplace on Columbus and 60th makes decent sandwiches.

                      Nothing particularly gourmet...just a good sandwich made to order.


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                        scrittrice RE: offthebeatenpath1 Dec 1, 2007 12:01 PM

                        Sandwich Planet has sandwiches on Sullivan St. white pizza and other good breads. I haven't been in a while, though.

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